In St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell on the wall is a plaque remembering a Thomas Dowsett. He is buried in St John’s, Southend along with many members of his family. There was once a Dowsett Avenue in Southend and there is a ward at Southend Hospital named after him. Who was he and why is he… Read More In Focus – Thomas Dowsett
St Marys Church, Prittlewell Just to the north of Southend on Seas High Street stands a beautiful church, complete with graveyard and tower. The church is St Mary’s and should not be ignored. Aside from it being a picturesque church, St Marys has stood on the spot before the creation of Southend, a church was… Read More The Mother church of Southend
This weeks Q and A is with Tom, a trainee history teacher and Museum officer for Southend Museums. Find out about why he thinks history is important, how he ended up being a trainee teacher and where he would go back in time if he could – an event which happened this week 414 years… Read More Q and A with Tom, trainee history teacher and Museum Officer
Southend Central Museum has had a little revamp – its archaeology section has been updated with a more refreshed look and interpretation, with some new additions. Yes, ‘Southends King of Bling’, the Prittlewell Prince burial has returned home. Many of the archaeological artefacts uncovered during the original dig are now back home and on display… Read More The Prittlewell Princely Burial Gallery – a Review
The Royal Terrace is a line of buildings, which start just past pier hill next to the Royal Hotel all the way along to the Army and Navy. The buildings were built as part of a fashionable development in Southend, part of New Southend in the hopes to entice more people to Southend and become a seaside resort to rival that of… Read More A Georgian Terrace by the Sea – the Royal Terrace, Southend.
For anyone who has grown up in and around Southend there is one icon that we all know and recognise – Southend Pier – the longest Pleasure Pier in the world. Firstly, what is a Pleasure Pier? Pleasure Piers were first built in England in the 19th Century, the first being Ryde Pier in 1813. A popular pastime of the era was going… Read More The World’s most unluckiest Pier?
Situated near the Royal Terrace Southend Cliff lift has been in action since 1912 and before that was a moving walkway. It is one of those things that I always looked at as a kid but did not really go on until last year! Originally a moving public walkway, which opened in 1901 and was… Read More Midweek Mini – Southend’s Cliff Lift